Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Release Date: September 1st 2015
Series: Throne of Glass #4
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Love & Romance, Young Adult
The queen has returned.
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she's at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .
She has embraced her identity as Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrasen. But before she can reclaim her throne, she must fight.
She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die for her. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen's triumphant return.
The fourth volume in the New York Times bestselling series contrinues Celaena's epic journey and builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.
This review is spoiler free!
There is only one thought in my mind right now as I am typing this, and it is: how on earth did you guys review this?! I don’t even know where to start. QUEEN OF SHADOWS was everything I wanted, hoped for-and more. This series still manages to surprise me, to impress me, and to completely devastate me. I absolutely loved every minute of it.
I’ve noticed this series has started to get a different feel to it since Heir of Fire, and this one continues that. Characters are growing up and evolving, they have new priorities and bigger responsibilities. If you were to compare this one to Throne of Glass they would seem like two vastly different books, but I think you have to remember that this is a journey for Celaena, and you can really see that in her character development. She’s maturing *wipes tear from eye*
“What if we go on, only to find more pain and despair? What if we go on, only to find a horrible end waiting for us?”
“Then it is not the end.”
However, I do have some teensy-weensy little issues with some of the other characters. And this would be the only thing in the entire book I had an issue with, but some original players from Throne of Glass and Crown of Midnight seemed a little out of character. Still, I kind of put this back with what I said about character development and everything changing.
As for the rest of the characters, the newer players-wow. Although I was already intrigued by them when they were introduced in Heir of Fire this book just added so many layers of depth to them and when some finally meet each other the level of badassery that ensues… Actually this whole book was filled with badassery.
The things revealed in this book… Guys. Game-changing.
If any book deserves to be called an emotional roller coaster, it’s this one. No book can make my heart pound, make me feel all the feels, make me laugh so hard, and then leave me completely stunned like this series does. And isn’t that the sign of a great read? One that can make you feel so deeply and genuinely.
My family saw me reading and asked if this was worth the wait and I’m pretty sure I just looked back at them like some sort of deranged animal. This series has absolutely ruined me in the best way possible. When’s the next Maas book due out?